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    Canada
  • Interests
    Gym, Travelling, Walking and Volunteery work
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Asia and Europe

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  1. Hello friends! I personally booked & paid for the bus. To keep the cost down, I organized a group of 20. I can’t remember the cost but about $50 USD for the transportation and ferry cost. Extremely affordable. Ken will send you the itinerary I used. I was extremely lucky to find him.. Actually, I had reserved the only English speaking tour guide at Chiran Museum. He is the one who gave me Ken’s email: Ken at nansatsu dot com Good luck P.S. I think our friends Irene & Richard from Sault Ste Marie will be cruising with you. P.S.S. Watching the basketball 🏀 game right now and the Raptors are ahead 7 points!
  2. CHIRAN & SAKURAJIMA from Kagoshima cruise port I organized a FANTASTIC tour for 20 people to visit Chiran (50 min away from Kagoshima). Finding affordable transportation in Japan is really hard. With perseverance and luck, I found “Global Sales E” and corresponded with Ken. Ken was an awesome young man (we met him in Chiran) and his English is impeccable. He replied to my emails very quickly. This was our 8.5-hour itinerary: 1-) Chiran Museum 2-) Chiran Samurai Houses/Gardens -Bought lunch at convenience store and ate in the bus so we would not lose time... 3-) Ferry from Kagoshima to Sakurajima 4-) Sakurajima volcano (3 stops) 5-) Ferry from Sakurajima to Kagoshima 6-) Back to the cruise ship I would recommend this bus company to anyone. I had to pre-pay for the whole bus and the other cruisers mailed me cheques or paid through PayPal. It was quite easy and we could not have had a better quality/price tour. Tour includes: bus- gas- parking- highway fees- ferry for mini bus and passengers-insurance Tour does not include: Chiran Peace Museum entrance fee of ¥500, Samurai Residence entrance fee of ¥500 and lunch. Holland of America did not offer both attractions: Chiran and Sakurajima. We did not have a guide but we did not need one. The Canadians!😎
  3. VLADIVOSTOK I organized a tour with ‘Explore Primorye’ in April 2019 when our cruise ship was in town. It became so popular that we had 6 buses of 20 people in each bus. I was really pleased with the owner, Sergei, as he answered all my communications quickly.Vladivostok is not Tokyo, Kyoto or even Nagasaki but the guides showed us around and explained the history of this part of Russia. It was a valuable tour.I would recommend ‘Explore Primorye’ as Sergei is a young man that delivered what he promised. A Russian lunch was included and it made you feel right at home! Sergei even gave a gift to cruisers after the great tour (I am not telling you what it is)!Thank you Sergei and 'Explore Primorye'.The Canadians!😎P.S. Our knowledgeable guide made the driver stop at a grocery store as some wanted to buy Russian beers and chocolates!
  4. VLADIVOSTOK I organized a tour with ‘Explore Primorye’ in April 2019 when our cruise ship was in town. It became so popular that we had 6 buses of 20 people in each bus. I was really pleased with the owner, Sergei, as he answered all my communications quickly.Vladivostok is not Tokyo, Kyoto or even Nagasaki but the guides showed us around and explained the history of this part of Russia. It was a valuable tour.I would recommend ‘Explore Primorye’ as Sergei is a young man that delivered what he promised. A Russian lunch was included and it made you feel right at home! Sergei even gave a gift to cruisers after the great tour (I am not telling you what it is)!Thank you Sergei and 'Explore Primorye'.The Canadians!P.S. Our knowledgeable guide made the driver stop at a grocery store as some wanted to buy Russian beers and chocolates!
  5. Hello Lunenburg, Thank you so much for all the details. I will study this soon (I copied and pasted your post). We are heading to Japan for 62-days (17 days on our own and 42-days on the Westerdam) on March 12 so I will keep all my planning for our South America trip for this summer. I will surely email you in the future. From your CC’s name and email address, I am positive you live in Lunenburg... Last week, I was telling the story of the Blue Nose and his print on the dime to my “students” (I just volunteer) at a school where immigrants learn English. Thank you again. The Canadians!😎
  6. Hello Lunenburg, Would you be kind enough to write a bit about your one week bus tour and could you share the name of the company and web site? I would really appreciate. Would you share your email address as well? The Canadians!😎
  7. Hello cruisers, I would like to warn you against a web site that takes advantage of foreigners travelling to Japan. The web site is Jrailpass. Part of the problem is that I assumed it was the official web site of Japan Railways. It is not! They are only an “Official vendor”. Last Sunday, I proceeded to buy our train pass on this web site and did not question all fees added to the price of the train pass as I believe it was the official web site to buy the Japan Rail Pass. The next day (last night), I found out a friend of mine on CC used another web site!!!! Through that web site (Japan Experience) they paid a lot less than using Jrailpass. Japan Experience charges $12 CAD for shipping fee and no handling fee. Jrailpass charges $26 CAD for handling fee AND $29 CAD for shipping fee. This is a difference of $45 CAD. I contacted Jrailpass for a resolution of the “rip-off” but they basically told me the fees were shown on the screen when I purchased. This is all true but I feel they are taking advantage of travellers like me by using Jrailpass who can easily be mistaken for the official web site of Japan Railways AND ask exorbitant unnecessary fees. I want to help people to not make the same mistake I made. I learned something: never assume and investigate everything thoroughly. The Canadians!😎
  8. Hello cruisers, I would like to warn you against a web site that takes advantage of foreigners travelling to Japan. The web site is Jrailpass. Part of the problem is that I assumed it was the official web site of Japan Railways. It is not! They are only an “Official vendor”. Last Sunday, I proceeded to buy our train pass on this web site and did not question all fees added to the price of the train pass as I believe it was the official web site to buy the Japan Rail Pass. The next day (last night), I found out a friend of mine on CC used another web site!!!! Through that web site (Japan Experience) they paid a lot less than using Jrailpass. Japan Experience charges $12 CAD for shipping fee and no handling fee. Jrailpass charges $26 CAD for handling fee AND $29 CAD for shipping fee. This is a difference of $45 CAD. I contacted Jrailpass for a resolution of the “rip-off” but they basically told me the fees were shown on the screen when I purchased. This is all true but I feel they are taking advantage of travellers like me by using Jrailpass who can easily be mistaken for the official web site of Japan Railways AND ask exorbitant unnecessary fees. I want to help people to not make the same mistake I made. I learned something: never assume and investigate everything thoroughly. The Canadians!😎
  9. I have to confess... I am not a junk collector so we threw ours in our cabin garbage can the same day we received it! The Canadians!😎
  10. SHIMIZU PORT I am looking for a taxi driver as well but it is not easy. Did you find one? Do you have someone to recommend? Were they plenty of taxi at the port? Thank you for your reply. The Canadians!
  11. Hello all, We always book inside room (love the dark cabin & never spend time in by cabin but it is us) as we do B2B and pre-post cruise instead than spending $$ on a veranda. We only booked a veranda once when we took 2 of our grand children on a 7-night Caribbean cruise. We wanted the extra room of the balcony. We spend a few minutes on the balcony when we left Miami and that was the extent of it. The kids (12 and 9 at the time) truly enjoyed Celebrity kids club and the game room which was by chance located very near our cabin... Now the secret is out, travel longer in an inside room over shorter stay in a veranda room. A cruise is great and you always need to do a pre and post cruise when you start exploring distant countries I never the world. We all have a budget and this is how I stretch it! But please, cruisers, keep buying verandas pleaser.;p The Canadians!:cool:
  12. I am glad. Keep us posted. Please, write a post after your cruise if you can. He is now like a son to us. He has a beautiful soul. Chantal:cool:
  13. Hello Caryn, Ask Dewa to email you a photo of his vehicle. He could take 2 couples but I am not sure how big is his vehicle. He will reply very quickly. Good luck and you will not disappointed. He was a real angel for us when my husband almost died in March 2015 and spent 2 weeks at the international hospital... Let me know if you need more info. The Canadians!:cool:
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